IELTS Step-by-step | Mastering Listening & Reading COMBO
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IELTS Step-by-step | Mastering Listening & Reading COMBO

Learn the skills, tips, tricks and techniques for the IELTS Listening & Reading exams — get that IELTS 7+ you deserve!
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Created by James Castleden
Last updated 2/2020
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This course includes
  • 52.5 hours on-demand video
  • 41 articles
  • 50 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • Improve your IELTS Listening grade significantly to a 7+
  • Do 12 real Listening and Reading past papers and review them in detail
  • Learn tips and tricks to immediately improve your grade
  • Learn skills that are essential for getting a 7+
  • Learn about every type of IELTS Listening and Reading task
  • Improve your general listening and reading skills
Requirements
  • Intermediate (B1) English
Description

From ex-IELTS examiner James Castleden's YouTube channel IELTS Step-by-step comes a COMBO course dedicated to improving both your listening and reading skills — your confidence, understanding and time management in the IELTS Listening & Reading exams will be greatly improved. Together you and James will complete 12 past papers (Listening) and 12 Academic and 12 General Training past papers (Reading), and then review them in detail.

You'll also learn hundreds of tips, tricks, skills and techniques that will significantly improve your IELTS Listening & Reading grade in nearly 100 videos focusing on your personal needs to get that 7+ in Listening!

Who this course is for:
  • People who need to take an IELTS test (General Training or Academic)
Course content
Expand all 177 lectures 52:47:39
+ LISTENING — Introduction
7 lectures 03:14:53

Watch the video and complete the test at the same time as me; the downloadable PDF is in the resources attached to this video. The audio file is also available for download.

Preview 36:14

Go through the answers to IELTS Test #1 step by step, with commentary.

Preview 01:14:09
+ LISTENING — Unit II
6 lectures 02:16:29

Learn about the most common task type in the IELTS exam — Multiple Choice Version 1

Preview 03:53

Distractors: the options in Multiple Choice questions that try to take your attention away from the correct answer. But should you read all the options? In this video I explain that you should, even though in the first seven IELTS Listening tests I don't, and that might be why I don't get such good grades initially.

Preview 05:25

You may know the English alphabet very well, but will you be able to keep up with someone spelling a complicated name when they say something like 'my first name's spelt T, E, double S ' or 'my name's "Simon" but with an E at the end '?

Preview 18:04

Watch the video and complete the test at the same time as me; the downloadable PDF is in the resources attached to this video. The audio file is also available for download.

Preview 28:24

Go through the answers to IELTS Test #2 step by step, with commentary.

Preview 01:20:35
+ LISTENING — Unit III
6 lectures 02:02:24
Unit III: The Details
00:07

Learn about why this task type is very common in the IELTS Listening exam, and how to go about answering this task type.

Task Type: Note Completion
01:37

How many words are you allowed to fill into the gaps? Can you use numbers? Find out which task types you should always read the rubric (instructions) of.

Tips & Tricks: Read the Rubric!
01:58

I'm sure you're confident with smaller numbers in English, but what about numbers like 345,012 or 1.2 billion? And what about symbols? What's the symbol for 'degrees centigrade' or British pounds? (by the way, it's °C and £ respectively)

Learner Training: Numbers and Symbols
35:09

Watch the video and complete the test at the same time as me; the downloadable PDF is in the resources attached to this video. The audio file is also available for download.

IELTS Listening Test #3
28:10

Go through the answers to IELTS Test #3 step by step, with commentary.

IELTS Listening Test #3 — Feedback
55:23
+ LISTENING — Unit IV
6 lectures 01:42:18
Unit IV: The Details
00:14

Learn about why this task type is very common in the IELTS Listening exam, and how to go about answering this task type.

Task Type: Form Completion
02:19

The audio in the Listening exam seldom uses the same wording that's on the question paper—they usually use synonyms (words that have similar meanings). Learn how to expand your range of vocabulary using synonyms so that you're not caught unawares.

Tips & Tricks: Know your synonyms
06:08

Did you know that if you're unable to produce a certain sound in another language, it becomes difficult to identify that sound when listening to it, resulting in confusion? Watch this video to see how you can improve your ability to say certain difficult sounds in English to improve your listening skills.

Learner Training: Pronunciation—Individual sounds
15:50

Watch the video and complete the test at the same time as me; the downloadable PDF is in the resources attached to this video. The audio file is also available for download.

IELTS Listening Test #4
26:22

Go through the answers to IELTS Test #4 step by step, with commentary.

IELTS Listening Test #4 — Feedback
51:25
+ LISTENING — Unit V
7 lectures 02:21:51
Unit V: The Details
00:09

Learn about why this task type is very common in the IELTS Listening exam, and how to go about answering this task type.

Task Type: Multiple Choice (V2)
01:07

Did you know that you'll get no points even for a tiny spelling error? There's no dedicated IELTS exam for grammar or vocabulary, so it's tested in the Listening and Reading exams (and Writing, of course)—lots of spelling mistakes will result in a bad mark.

Tips & Tricks: Double check your spelling!
02:51

English spelling can be very complicated because its a mixture of many different languages with their own spelling rules. This video will help you to identify the most common spelling patterns in English.

Learner Training: English spelling
29:12

Do these practice exercises to improve your spelling.

English Spelling—Practice
00:09

Watch the video and complete the test at the same time as me; the downloadable PDF is in the resources attached to this video. The audio file is also available for download.

IELTS Listening Test #5
36:59

Go through the answers to IELTS Test #5 step by step, with commentary.

IELTS Listening Test #5 — Feedback
01:11:23
+ LISTENING — Unit VI
6 lectures 02:24:44
Unit VI: The Details
00:09

Learn about why this task type is very common in the IELTS Listening exam, and how to go about answering this task type.

Task Type: Table Completion
01:30

Time is limited in the exam—how do you highlight the important information in each question? Identifying and underlining key words is the answer.

Tips & Tricks: Underline key words!
05:38

Taking advantage of the context around a gap in a cloze/gap-fill task can help you to make an educated guess of what word(s) is (are) missing, giving you a better chance of getting the correct answer.

Learner Training: Predicting Information
51:12

Watch the video and complete the test at the same time as me; the downloadable PDF is in the resources attached to this video. The audio file is also available for download.

IELTS Listening Test #6
32:25

Go through the answers to IELTS Test #6 step by step, with commentary.

IELTS Listening Test #6 — Feedback
53:50
+ LISTENING — Unit VII
6 lectures 02:34:27
Unit VII: The Details
00:09

Learn about why this task type is very common in the IELTS Listening exam, and how to go about answering this task type.

Task Type: Sentence Completion
00:35

You don't have to wait for the narrator to say 'now turn to section 3'—if you're ready, go straight to it. In this short video, I'll explain why.

Tips & Tricks: Read Ahead!
09:53
Learner Training: English Accents
46:28
IELTS Listening Test #7
30:12

Go through the answers to IELTS Test #7 step by step, with commentary.

IELTS Listening Test #7 — Feedback
01:07:10
+ LISTENING — Unit VIII
6 lectures 02:06:48
Unit VIII: The Details
00:07

Learn about why this task type is very common in the IELTS Listening exam, and how to go about answering this task type.

Task Type: Matching
02:14

Watch this short introduction to the main Learner Training video coming up next.

Tips & Tricks: English Intonation
00:47

Did you know that the voice actors in the audio deliberately stress the answers to a certain extent (at least, until question about 35 and in gap-fill type tasks)? Being able to hear that stress can actually help you to identify where the answers are hiding.

Learner Training: The Importance of Intonation
39:58

Watch the video and complete the test at the same time as me; the downloadable PDF is in the resources attached to this video. The audio file is also available for download.

IELTS Listening Test #8
32:03

Go through the answers to IELTS Test #8 step by step, with commentary.

IELTS Listening Test #8 — Feedback
51:39
+ LISTENING — Unit IX
5 lectures 02:00:21
Unit IX: The Details
00:08

Learn about why this task type is quite common in the IELTS Listening exam (especially in Sections 3 and 4), and how to go about answering this task type.

Task Type: Summary Completion
01:40

'Honey' lexis is a term I've come up with that explains the type of words or phrases that often congregate around an answer. Examiners, it seems, create questions from sentences and phrases that are near 'honey' lexis.

Learner Training: What's 'honey' Lexis and why's it so important?
43:15
IELTS Listening Test #9
29:37

Go through the answers to IELTS Test #9 step by step, with commentary.


IELTS Listening Test #9—Feedback
45:41